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General Information for International Students

IBC is offering M1 visas for properly qualified International Students under the SEVP (Student Exchange Visitor Program) and administered under the SEVIS (Student Exchange Visitor Information System.)

What this means:
In short, a student otherwise appropriate for one of IBC approved programs, may study in the United States and attend our El Paso, TX Campuses. They will stay here for so long as they remain properly enrolled as a student at IBC. In addition, IBC will assist in securing the necessary documentation and approvals for their immediate family members and dependents to accompany them.

IBC is responsible to the U.S. government as to accountability of all foreign students entering the U.S. under this program to study at IBC.

Only certain of IBC’s programs are available for the M1 visa program. These programs are:

Associate of Applied Science Degrees

  • Business Administration and Management
  • Construction Management with Solar Power
  • Criminal Justice
  • Information Technology Manager
  • Medical/Allied Health Technician
  • Paralegal/Legal Support Technician

Certificate and Diploma Courses and Curricula

  • Computer and Information Systems/Security Management
  • Construction Technology Specialty in Solar Power
  • Legal Assistant
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical/Allied Health Support Technician
  • Medical Record and Health Information Technician
  • Truck Driving

How to Apply: Begin the process by contacting IBC either by email Rebecca.Canchola@ibcelpaso.edu or by calling 915-842-0422. You will receive detailed information about the program offerings and the respective costs. You will be invited to fill out an online Advance Application for Foreign Students (AAFS). This will involve collecting various information from you and uploading certain documents onto our server. Once completed you will be asked to pay a $75.00 file processing fee.

  • Once your Advance Application has been reviewed and assessed by the SEVIS team at IBC, you will receive an email response outlining the next steps. If the SEVIS team and you agree that IBC is a viable solution to your training needs, and that it appears likely that you would receive an M1 Visa, a more detailed enrollment process would commence. In addition to the regular enrollment documents, you will be required to open a student account through International Business College in which you would place adequate funds to cover your tuition, and living expenses while at IBC. You would also advance pay a non-refundable Foreign Student Processing Fee of $1,250.00. Although non-refundable, IBC will return this fee should the applicant be unable to secure a Visa despite doing all those things prescribed by IBC and the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Service).

Once all the paperwork has been collected and processed through SEVIS and IBC’s student enrollment system. You will be advised of a potential commencement date. Upon your selecting commencement date from those offered, you will be issued by Post, a package containing all the documentation necessary to secure an M1 Visa.

You will make an appointment with the local U.S. consulate in your country to submit your passport for a Visa. Upon receiving the Visa, you are responsible to notify your IBC SEVIS advocate, Ms. Becky Canchola, and make arrangements to commence your studies. Any further details necessary to travel to El Paso and commence your program will be organized at this time.

It is estimated that this process should take 4 to 6 weeks to complete.

Begin the process by contacting IBC either by email Rebecca.Canchola@ibcelpaso.edu, filling out our form, or by calling 915-842-0422.